Tuesday, March 20, 2012
It's that time again....
This means lots of peeps and squawks. Pecking and sleeping. Heat lamps and special chick feed.
And chicken snuggles!
Another local photographer had a special mini easter shoot and wanted someone to take the chicks when she was done - because she's a responsible person, unlike the girls I saw carrying baby ducks into the wallsmart. Something tells me they'll be snapping turtle food in about 4 weeks.
Anyway, yep, you don't need to clean your eyeballs.... they are colored. She colored them herself carefully with some food color. They are ok - don't fret. They'll lose all this color once they lose their baby downy feathers.
In just a week, they are a good 30% bigger. Soon they'll outgrow their tub which is in my dining room. We'll set the playpen up again and watch out, it'll be a real treat.
Watch this space for more photos of chickens than you ever wanted or dreamed of.
In semi-related news...
RIP Daisy Chicken.
Tanner found her next to the lilac bush. Poor Daisy. No idea what happened to her. I've had several chickens die recently unexpectedly. From what I understand, chickens are really good at hiding when they are sick so you don't know what's up until it's too late. Thinking back, I haven't really seen much out of Daisy the past few days.
She was such a good chicken, and was the one I'd go find when a kid wanted to hold or pet a chicken. She was docile because my neice Tayen packed her around like a kitten the first 5 months of her life.
She was also a little bit dumb, which I have found makes for a pretty good pet.
Don't tell Jingles I said that.
I know some people think it's "just a chicken" but she was still a living creature that lived here and we got much enjoyment from - much like other people's dogs and cats.
We'll miss Daisy Chicken.